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Things We Like: Carbonara at Valentini's Supper Club

We’re talking well-sized homemade linguine, an oh-so-thick, uber-creamy northern Italian white sauce with chunks of rendered-in-garlic-butter pancetta. Hello!

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Carbonara ala Valentini’s served at Valentini's Supper Club on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Chisholm. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Valentini’s Supper Club is located on Lake Street in downtown Chisholm. Walking into this establishment, you easily sense its deep roots with its brick walls and gorgeous tile floors.

Open since 1934, the supper club is the founding spot to the family-owned bistro and deli in Duluth.

The menu touts the works: a steak and shrimp combo for $28, a mega meatball for $8.25 and everything in between — a battered walleye pike sandwich ($13.50), Parmesan chicken linguine ($17.95) and a caprese salad ($10.95).

Asked about their popular items, our server directed me to the homemade meat ravioli and the carbonara ala Valentini’s. Nuff said. We ordered one of each.

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Homemade meat ravioli and meatballs served at Valentini's Supper Club on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Chisholm. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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As we waited, she served a bread basket with individual packs of butter on the side.

And sooner than expected, she placed plates on our green paper placemats.

I could smell the richness of the dish before it hit my lips.

We’re talking well-sized homemade linguine, an oh-so-thick, uber-creamy northern Italian white sauce with chunks of rendered-in-garlic-butter pancetta. Hello!

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I added shrimp for $5.75, and the large, juicy crustaceans were cooked to perfection.
Parsley and plump Parmesan crumbles clung to the noodles. The small bits of pancetta (cured pork belly) added a lovely jolt of flavor. At $15.95 (without shrimp), this was a large, luxurious meal that makes for a real treat. And there will be plenty to bring home.

More folks filtered into the restaurant, and a couple sat at a nearby table. The server brought one menu. “You usually share one,” she said. That attentiveness and attention to detail runs through all the workings at this supper club.

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Valentini's Supper Club seen on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Chisholm. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Valentini’s Supper Club

31 W. Lake St., Chisholm

218-254-2607

valentinissupperclub.com

Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346, mlavine@duluthnews.com.
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